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Mrs. Peggy Foster, President 
Trustee Area #2
Term of Office: December 2015 through December 2020

I have lived in Lancaster since 1966; my four children attended Eastside School District. I worked for the Eastside Union School District for thirty years, until I retired in January of 2000. I have served as an active board member since 2003. After our students, my highest priority is our District employees.


The District has excellent teaching and support staff. Test scores continue to improve at every campus every year. This improvement does not happen by accident. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes on in every classroom in the District. Despite all of the cuts from the state, our District still offers class size reductions in kindergarten through third grade. Unlike any District in the Antelope Valley, we have not had one layoff or furlough days for teachers or classified staff.


As your Board member, my goal is keep our District solvent and make sure every child has the opportunity to have the best education possible. As a Board member, my first priority has always been and will continue to be the children. I believe a School Board member should be readily available to all parents, community members and school staff.


I attend Roosevelt Community Church on the east side of Lancaster.



Ms. Doretta N. Thompson, Vice-President 
Trustee Area #1
Term of Office: December 2013 through December 2018

Doretta Thompson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, moving to the Eastside Union School District boundaries over 17 years ago. She is a single mother to her 31-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son. She has two grandsons, ages 7 and 9 years old.


Ms. Thompson began working for Los Angeles County at the age of 19 as a custodian with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). After serving several years with LACOE she accepted permanent employment with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. She currently serves as a Deputy Probation Officer for the agency.


Earning a Bachelor's degree in Human Services, and a Master's degree in Business Administration, Ms. Thompson's perseverance and dedication to education has been a pinnacle to her success. She is a certified Violence Intervention facilitator, a certified Parent Project facilitator, and Chief Executive Officer of "Against All Odds I Will Self Actualize, Inc." Ms. Thompson started this nonprofit Family Crisis Center out of her passion to educate youth, families, and communities.  She believes that as she has, many others can overcome obstacles and boundaries to individual success.


Dedicated to her vision that students of the Eastside Union School District represent what is best about the Antelope Valley and our country, Ms. Thompson is working tirelessly to raise test scores and lower expulsion rates. She is confident that collectively we can raise the bar, set and enforce standards that provide quality-learning opportunities to our students.




Ms. Janette T. Crawford, Board Clerk 

Trustee Area #3

Term of Office: December 2013 through December 2018

Mrs. Janette Crawford was honored to be appointed back on the board on July 28, 2008 to fill a vacancy. Mrs. Crawford was originally elected to the board in November of 1993, served three 4-year terms and has been president three times. She served the district for 12 years before deciding not to run again in November 2007. 

Mrs. Crawford grew up on the east side of Lancaster and attended Eastside Elementary School Kindergarten through eighth grade. She also attended AV High School, AV College and Cal State Northridge earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing. She has two sons that have also attended Eastside Schools, K-8th grade.

Mrs. Crawford feels the Eastside community is her family. She is here to serve the children of her community and encourage them to become all that they can be.

Mrs. Julie A. Bookman, Member 
Trustee Area #5
Provisional Appointment
Term of Office: February 28, 2018 through December 2018




Julie Bookman has lived in the Antelope Valley since 1966, and attended Eastside School from third grade through eighth grade.  After attending Antelope Valley High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Cal Poly Pomona, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Chapman University.


After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, Mrs. Bookman worked as a State Traffic Officer for the California Highway Patrol.  After starting a family, she began working as a teacher for the Eastside Union School District, first in sixth grade, and then in second grade.


Mrs. Bookman is currently employed by the Antelope Valley High School District, and teaches Biology at Lancaster High School.  Mrs. Bookman has also worked for the high school district as a curriculum specialist, mentor teacher, BTSA support provider, and instructional technology teacher.


Mrs. Bookman is married and lives on a ranch on the east side of Lancaster.  She has two adult children, both of whom attended Tierra Bonita Elementary School and Cole Middle School.  Both earned Bachelor degrees, one from Cal Poly Pomona and one from Cal State Fullerton.


Mrs. Bookman has always considered education as a way for students to open doors to opportunities.  She is dedicated to supporting the education of the students in the Eastside community.


Mr. Joseph "Joe" Pincetich, Member 
Trustee Area #4
Term of Office: December 2015 through December 2020

An Oregon native, Mr. Pincetich grew up in the San Fernando Valley, attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, received his Bachelors degree in Music and teaching credential from California State University, Northridge and received his Masters of Science in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue.


Mr. Pincetich and his wife moved to Lancaster in 1988 and began their family. They had two sons who both graduated from Paraclete High School and have received their Bachelor's Degrees from Purdue University in Physics and Computer Science, respectively.


For the past 29 years, Mr. Pincetich has taught in the Antelope Valley Union High School District as an Instrumental Music teacher and Band Director. His groups have competed in Honolulu, Hawaii as well as having twice represented the state of California in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. on July 4th. Mr. Pincetich has been involved in writing successful curriculum and policies and is bringing this experience and expertise to the Eastside Union School District.


Both Mr. Pincetich and his wife are teachers. They believe in the power of a good education and they have dedicated their lives to making sure that their sons and their students get the best possible foundation from which to build a successful life.


With more than 29 years in the classroom, Mr. Pincetich has a wealth of experience that he brings to the Eastside Union School District. His current focus is to make sure that our students get access to current technologies and that teachers and parents get the tools to communicate and act as a team to provide the very best education possible to each and every student. He is also focused on making sure that the fiscal policies of the District are sound and provide the best possible learning opportunities for our children.